When Captain Patricia Caswell, Gulf Craft’s Quality Control Manager, took to the helm of Majesty 175, on the maiden sea trial of the superyacht, what surprised her – despite her decades of experience – was the smooth fluidity of the vessel, effortless maneuverability, and remarkable stability.
Majesty 175 had already won the admiration of the yachting world as the world’s largest composite production superyacht, and all eyes were on the sea trial – the true test of her ‘character.’
On board the voyage was the man who made the dream a reality – Mohammed Alshaali, the founder and Chairman of Gulf Craft, one of the world’s premier shipyards. Also on board were the expert team at the company’s Umm Al Quwain manufacturing facility – designers, engineers, naval architects, and other professionals.
They had worked tirelessly to deliver the superyacht in a time span that is lesser than conventional for a superyacht envisaged on the scale of Majesty 175. While Gulf Craft had already built its credentials as one of the world’s leading shipyards, having delivered more than 10,000 boats and yachts since its inception in 1982, the announcement of Majesty 175 by Alshaali at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show came as a surprise for the industry.
Pushing the boundaries
Majesty 175 was another example of Gulf Craft’s dedication to innovation as it called for pushing the boundaries of design and engineering. True to its legacy, the company surprised the world. From its integrated in-house production facility in Umm Al Quwain, Gulf Craft delivered Majesty 175, now the proud possession of a prominent Emirati businessman.
Mohammed Alshaali says Majesty 175 is truly a work of art that highlights the world-class capabilities of Gulf Craft. “When we announced her, we had a single-minded goal: To create a masterpiece superyacht with exceptional design and performance standards. Our team worked for four years at our facility in the UAE to see this dream become reality. Fully ‘Made in the UAE,’ this is a great achievement that adds to the national pride, especially as we prepare to celebrate the UAE’s 50th anniversary this year.”
Making of a masterpiece
Building Majesty 175 required advanced engineering skills. Gulf Craft’s in-house team worked on every aspect of the superyacht, with the closest attention to every detail, including rigorous inspection by Alshaali. His passion for the sea and his love for yachts and boats mean that nothing ever comes out of Gulf Craft that does not pass his standards.
Built to the specifications outlined by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for yachts over 500 gross tonnage (GT), Majesty 175 is 178.4 ft (56.4 metres) long, a beam of 31.6 ft (9.62 metres) and gross tonnage of 780.
She can easily cruise through low-draft areas, drawing just 2.05 metres of water, as Majesty 175 is built using advanced composite materials such as carbon fibre and vinyl ester. The shallow draft enables close beach access, a key consideration for many marine lifestyle enthusiasts.
With two fixed pitch six-blade propellers, electricity supply comes from 175 kW Kohler generators and two pairs of TRAC fin stabilizers. Safety features include a SOLAS rescue boat and an emergency generator. With full speed of 16.5 knots and cruising speed of 10 knots, Majesty 175 has a range of 4,000 nautical miles, also making her a transoceanic vessel.
Opulent lifestyle choices
Majesty 175’s exterior and interior design are by the award-winning Cristiano Gatto Design Studio in Italy. The naval architecture is by Massimo Gregori of the Yankee Delta Studio.
Her stand-out features include a 5-metre infinity pool at the forward deck and a hybrid sky-lounge that can be converted to an open sun deck. The pool has a swim-jet system that creates a constant current of water.
The smart layout accommodates seven lavish staterooms and a crew of up to 10 members with six large crew cabins and a private captain accommodation. The spacious design of the decks and the immaculate attention to every finish and fixture-– make Majesty 175 a truly opulent vessel for a luxury lifestyle.
Majesty is flagship among five brands of boats and yachts by Gulf Craft. The other brands are: Silvercraft featuring affordable smaller family and fishing boats; Oryx sports cruisers; Nomad explorer yachts and Touring Passenger Vessels.
Utilising advanced technology, powerful engineering, timeless design, and world-class craftsmanship, Gulf Craft operates two manufacturing facilities – the 462,000 sq ft facility in Umm Al Quwain and a 100,000-square-foot facility in the Maldives as well as a service centre in Ajman.
“Majesty 175 is the beginning of a new era for Gulf Craft that further defines our competencies in innovation and manufacturing excellence. As we continue to push our boundaries, there will be more surprises in store for marine enthusiasts,” concluded Alshaali.
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